Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

HANK by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"It's not every 29-year-old who can pack enough into a life to warrant a 500-page biography—and a good one at that."
"Everything he did was bad for his health": a sturdy biography of the unsteady icon of outlaw country avant la lettre. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An intimate and entertaining look at a fake-news program whose caustic, witty alchemy remains missed by many."
A lively oral history of The Daily Show focused on Jon Stewart's improbable transformation from basic-cable comic to progressive conscience. Read full book review >

THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Outspoken, honest commentary of what it's like to be Princess Leia on and off the screen."
How playing Princess Leia changed the author's life. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 1 by Ed Ward
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A spry study that should inspire listening with newly informed ears to old tunes, from 'Bulldozer Blues' to 'Teenager in Love' and beyond."
A dean of rock journalism delivers the first volume of a magnum opus on a subject that never ceases to fascinate. Read full book review >
LUCKY BASTARD by Joe Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"With light humor and darker emotion, Buck candidly calls the game of his own life."
An Emmy-winning sportscaster—and son of broadcasting legend Jack Buck—rehearses his life with early frivolity and later gravity. Read full book review >

ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC by Haruki Murakami
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A work that general readers will enjoy and the musical cognoscenti will devour."
The edited texts of six engaging conversations about music between the celebrated Japanese writer and the noted conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years. Read full book review >
TESTIMONY by Robbie Robertson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for any devotee of the Band, Dylan, or rock music in the last half of the 20th century."
Nothing forges the bonds of brotherhood like life in a band, especially when it's the Band. Read full book review >
I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES by Robert Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Frothy and honest remembrances for gossipy movie fans."
A popular actor's "love letter to actresses." Read full book review >
WONDERLAND by Steven Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's an infectious spirit of delight in the prose, which matches the themes in a book that will engage even those not entirely convinced by its thesis to take a look from a different perspective."
An illumination of how civilization advances through the ways in which it plays. Read full book review >
SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The intimate and semi-entertaining details of an actor's childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood."
The autobiography of a Mainer who hit the big time in Hollywood. Read full book review >
BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A somewhat disjointed narrative with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations on South African culture."
The host of The Daily Show reflects on his tumultuous South African childhood. Read full book review >
THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION by David Bianculli
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Bianculli dutifully identifies the best of contemporary TV and its antecedents, but the book lacks the thrill of surprise or the satisfaction of new insight."
Let's all agree on good TV. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >